The Delaware Department of Transportation will be monitoring tonight's weather forecast, as freezing rain and snow are expected. Temperatures are predicted to drop to freezing tonight, and rain is expected to begin around midnight in New Castle County, sometimes heavy. The rain is expected to change to snow sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Total snow accumulation forecast for the northern part of New Castle County is six to seven inches, but for the southern part of New Castle County, just two inches or less are predicted.
In Kent County, motorists should anticipate heavy snow between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. with accumulation of one to three inches. Northern Sussex County may see two inches of snow, while southern Sussex may see less than an inch.
The snow is anticipated to taper off around noon. Winds are predicted to be between 20-25 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph. Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution when driving, especially during the morning commute.
DelDOT's Maintenance District Yards will be staffed prior to the starting of the storm. Crews will plow the primary roads and transit routes first, then secondary roads, but they may be forced to return to the primary roads due to changing weather conditions.
DelDOT recommends the following winter driving tips:
Bridges and overpasses typically freeze sooner than approach roads. Slow down before traveling over an elevated roadway. Keeping steady momentum without braking will help you keep control of your vehicle.
Snowplows don't always travel at consistent speeds. They may need to slow down or speed up to remove snow and ice that has been packed down by traffic. For your safety, it is recommended that you stay a safe distance behind the snowplows.
Be careful when approaching intersections; other drivers may have difficulty stopping or turning on snow-packed or icy intersections.
Motorists may contact the Transportation Management Center (TMC) 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers. Dial #77 from any cell phone, (302) 659-4600 or 1-800-324-8379.
The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded for free by searching for "DelDOT" at the Apple and Google Play stores. With the DelDOT App, you can view real-time traffic cameras, travel times, delays and advisories and also listen to WTMC 1380 AM.